Applying for Tier 4 Student (General) visa outside the UK to study at City University

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NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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Applying for Tier 4 Student (General) visa outside the UK to

study at
City University

22 December
2010


From 31st March 2009,
full
-
time
student
s
have to apply for their visa under

Tier 4 of new points
-
based
system.

This information sheet explain
s how to apply
for a Tier 4 visa t
o do a
full
-
time degree

course at
City University

London

and should be read in conjunction with the information provided by

the
UK

Border Agency
at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs/inf29pbsstudent


Extending students
:
It also includes information for students who are currently on course at City

University but who need to
extend
their stay to complete their current course, e.g. to do r
esits or

write up a PhD thesis.

Students who have been in the UK on course for at least 6 months are referred to
as ‘
Established students

by the UKBA.


Short
-
term students

If you are coming to the
UK for
less than 6 months
and
do not intend to work or

ex
tend your

stay
,
you can apply for
a ‘Student Visitor’. Please see the UKVisas website at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs/inf29pbsstudent#15812121


for deta
ils
.

Students under the age of 16

You need to

apply as a Child Student. The requirements and application forms are slightly different.
Please contact an
International Student Adviser

at:
visaadvice@city.ac.uk



The University as your educational sponsor

When you make an application under Tier 4, the University becomes your educational ‘sponsor’. This
means that the University is responsible for you whilst you complete your course here
.
NB

This does not
mean that the University is your financial sponsor.

Once you

arrive at the University, you
will need to
provide your department

with
:



a copy of the information page of your passport



a
copy of your
Tier 4 General Student visa

How do I qu
alify under the Scheme?

You need to prove that you can score 40 points:



30 points for a
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

issued by
City University
London
(
available when offer is UNCONDITIONAL
);
AND




10 points for proof that you meet the
Mainte
nance Requirement.
This means that

you have enough
money

available
to pay your course fees and living expenses for
each month of your course (
up to

a
maximum of

9

months
)
.

NB

These requirements are very different to the previous student visa application p
rocess
. Do not
rely on
any previous experience when making an application to extend your stay in the UK.


If you do not meet all the requirements

and supply
EXACTLY

what the
UK Border Agency

asks
for, it is very likely that your application will be
REFUSE
D
.

NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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To access the relevant sections of this document, please use the

list of contents
below:

How much does the application cost?

When do I need to start to prepare my application?

When will I be able to travel to the UK?

How do I apply as an Adult student?

Completing the Appendix 8: Tier 4 (General) Student form

Visa application centres overs
eas

The
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

The Maintenance Requirement

What financial evidence do I need for my application?

Maintenance Requirement FAQs

What if I have applied for a loan for my studies?


What if I am sponsored for my studies


What documents will I need to send with my appl
ication?

Providing Biometric Information

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

TB screening

Student Visa extension FAQs

Where can I get further information?


How much does the application cost?

Information about the current Tier 4 fees is provided by the UKBA at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/v
isafees/
)

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When do I need to start to prepare my application?

You need to allow plenty of time to make your application and to start gathering documents. You should
begin to prepare your
application at least
3

MONTHS

before your
new course is due to start, if possible
.

It can take up to 30 working days for applications to be processed. The UKBA provide details of waiting
times on their website at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/processingtimes/


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When will I be able to travel to the UK?

Your
new visa will be valid for travel
no more than 1 month

before

the official
start date

of yo
ur new
course

as stated in your
CAS
.

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How do I apply

as
an Adult student?

Paper applications

The


Application form VAF9
-

PBS Migrant’

is available on the

‘Visa application

f
orms


section of the

UKVisas
websit
e

at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/vafs/

.You will also need to complete
the separate ‘
PBS Appendix 8 General Student self assessment

form


available on the same page.

PBS
Migrant guidance notes

which help you to complete the application form correctly are also available on
this page.



NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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Applying on
-
line

Applicants in many cou
ntries can now
complete the VAF9 form on
-
line
using a secure internet
connection. Some countries also accept payment of visa fees online.
To see whether you can apply on
line, please visit:
http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/CountrySupport.aspx


The on
-
line application form is available on the UKVisas website at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/applyonline/


After comp
leting the on
-
line form, you should also print off and complete a
PBS Appendix 8 General
Student self assessment

form


to submit with your documentary evidence. This can be downloaded
from
http:
//www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/vafs/


If you apply on line, you will usually be asked to take a print
-
out of your on
-
line application with you to
your visa appointment. You should ensure that this print out includes the barcode at the end of the form
(if applicable).

NB
Although the Visa4UK website suggests that applicants have
details of a UK address

when applying
THIS IS NOT REQUIRED FOR ADULT STUDENTS

unless the applicant is aged 16 or 17.

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Completing t
he Appendix 8: Tier 4 (General) Student form

You cannot complete this application form until you have received your CAS statement (see CAS section
below). The course information that you write here should match your CAS. The personal information
should ma
tch your passport.

You need to include a paper copy of this appendix along with supporting
documents when you submit your application.


Part 2



should ONLY be completed by applicants who are 16 or 17 years old when they apply.

Part 3



City

University’s f
ull address is:

10 Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

Part 4

4.2


state the level of the qualification you will get at the end of your course, e.g
‘undergraduate
degree



NQF Level 6
’, ‘postgraduate degree



NQF Level 7
’ or ‘doctorate degree

NQF Leve
l 8
’.
If you’re
not sure what your qualification will be, please contact your department.

4.4

-

You
r ‘primary site of study’ will be 10 Northampton Square, even if your classes will
be at


one of the Unive
rs
i
t
y’s other campuses, e.g. Bunhill Row
, Whitec
hapel or

Grey’s Inn.

Part 5


5.5

-

y
ou only need to tick
‘Yes’
if your CAS indicates that you have been assessed
by a reference, by
progress on a current course or as part of a study abroad programme.

5.6 and 5.7


these should
ONLY be completed by stude
nts who are studying English language ONLY.

5.8


The minimum standard of English requirement
DOES NOT

apply to
students taking courses at NQF
Level 6 or above.
Tick ‘No’

here and go to question 5.15.



5.15



this should only be completed if your CAS stat
es that ATAS is required (see ATAS section below)

Part 6

6.6
-

City University London is inside the Inner London Boroughs.

6.14
-

The UKBA says the following about ‘official financial sponsors’:

A student can receive official financial sponsor from Her Ma
jesty’s Government, the

student’s home government, the British Council or any international organisation,
international company, university or an Independent School.



NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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US Government Loan applicants

If you are in receipt of a
n official

US Government loan, y
ou will need a formal letter from City University
London which confirms the amount of the loan.

(
If you haven’t received yours, please e
-
mail:
fundsservice@city.ac.uk
)

You should tick ‘Yes’ at 6.18 to confir
m that funds are in your name and tick
‘Letter from a regulated financial institution confirming funds or the agreement of a loan’ at 6.20.


Visa application centres overseas

UKVisas

manage the UK visa operation service around the world through visa secti
ons at UK embassies,
high commissions and consulates and through vis
a application centres run by their

commercial partners
VFS Global

(
http://www.vfsglobal.com/applyforvisa.html#uk
)

and
WorldBr
idge Service

(
https://www.visainfoservices.com/Pages/Welcome.aspx
)

C
ommercial partners
collect visa application forms and supporting documents, biometric fingerscans
and the visa applicat
ion fee.
All the information provided on their websites is supplied and approved by
the UK Border Agency.

NB
Commercial partners
are not involved in the decision making process and
cannot give you advice on
how to complete your application, or what type o
f visa you should apply for.

If you have any questions
about your application, please contact
an
International Student Adviser

at:
visaadvice@city.ac.uk



Back to Contents


NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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The
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

These are produced by the University
electronically

and sent directly to the UK Border Agency. They are
only available to applicants who hold an
UNCONDITIONAL OFFER
and have

pai
d any deposit (if
required).


Once a CAS has been issued for you, you will
receive an electronic
CAS statement

by e
-
mail. This will
include
your
unique
CAS number
. You will need to include this information when you make your visa
application.
This inform
ation is confidential and should be treated carefully.

A CAS is valid for
a period of
six months from the date it is produced.
However
, it cannot be used

in a
visa application
if that application is made more than 3 months before the course start date

on
the
CAS.


Please note:

If you make a visa application and
it is refused
, you will need to contact the University to
ask for
another CAS to be generated for you.


How do I request a CAS?

If you
will need a CAS from the University, you will need to provide
us with your passport details.

If you are an
u
ndergraduate
applicant

and provided your passport details to UCAS, a CAS will be
automatically prepared for you once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer. If you have not
given your passport details

to UCAS, we will contact you to request the information once you have
firmly accepted an unconditional offer.

If you are a
post
graduate applicant

and have already provided your passport details to the University,
a CAS will be automatically prepared for y
ou once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer. If
you have not yet given us your passport details, we will contact you to request the information once
you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer.

If you are a
postgraduate applicant at Cass,
y
ou can request a C
AS

on
-
line via the
CAS

Certificate

Request

Form

at:

http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/maste
rs/apply/index.html


Extending Student
:
Students
extending
their current UK Student visa to complete their course at City
University should ask their department to generate a CAS for them. Cass students should request a
letter on
-
line (see above).


Docume
nts you need to provide with your CAS

If you are applying for
a
visa to start a new course here at City, your CAS will need to include details of
the academic documents that you used to get your place on the programme. If you used
academic
certificates
(e.
g. a degree certificate or IELTS certificate) or an
academic transcript
, then you will need
to
provide the originals of these documents
.

Please note:

If you provided an
academic reference
(s)

(e.g. a written recommendation from a
previous tutor), you
do n
ot need to provide the originals
.

Students who need more time to complete their course

If your visa was originally issued for the course that you are doing now and you are applying for more
time to finish that course, your CAS does not need to list any

documents but it must confirm that you
“have been assessed based on you
r

progress so far on the course.”

Important



Check your
CAS

carefully
. You must tell
us

i
mmediately if the details in your letter are incorrect.

You

need to include ORIGINALS of any
aca
demic certificates or transcripts listed
in your
CAS.

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NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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The
Maintenance Requirement


The UKBA now specify exactly how much money an applicant needs to have when they apply to extend
a visa in the UK. You can
s
how that
you
meet the Maintenance requirement in
several

different ways

(or
a combination of these):



Using personal or joint bank statements
OR
A formal letter from the bank



Using a formal letter from an official financial sponsor



Using a formal letter fro
m an official loan provider



Using your parents’ bank statements (together with other specified documents


see below)

How much money do I need for the Maintenance Requirement?

The UK

Border Agency
now specify exactly how much money applicants need to have
at the time

they apply. Applicants applying for the first time need to show that they have enough money for
:



tuition

fees for 1 year of study



£800 a month for each month of the course

(up to a maximum of

9
months).

e
.g. if you want to study a 1
-
year Mast
er’s course, you need £7,200 in your account

+ course

fees
for one year.

E
stablished
Student
: Students who:



are
extending their visa to complete their current course
OR




have recently completed a course

in the UK
which was
more than 6 months long

and
w
hich
finished less than four months

before they
are making their

visa application

are not required to show the same level of maintenance as an initial applicant. The Maintenance
requirement for extending students

is:



tuition fees for 1 year

(
or for the p
eriod for which you need the visa extension)



£1,600 (£800 x 2 months) only.

NB

The UKBA only work in whole calendar months, so if your course finishes in middle of the month, you
still have to provide proof of maintenance for the whole month.

How long d
o I

need to have had this money?

When you
apply
,

you will need to
show that you have had this money for a period of
AT LEAST 28 DAYS

before you make your application.

NB

Students who have an ‘official financial sponsor’ may not need to meet this requirement
(see ‘‘
What
if I am sponsored for my studies’

below.


Does this money really need to be in my personal bank account?

T
he UKBA
have agreed that applicants can use bank statements held by a parent (or legal
guardian).
They ha
ve NOT agreed t
o accept
statements from any other relatives.


If you wish to use your parents’
original
bank statements, you will need to provide formal
proof of your relationship. This should be either:




your
birth certificate

showing the name of the par
ent(s) showing the funds



Certificate of adoption

showing your name and the parent(s) showing the funds



Court document

showing that the person providing your funds is your legal guardian


NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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You will also

need evidence that
your parents (or legal guardian) ag
ree that you can use their money for
your studies. You will need
an original signed and dated letter

from your
parent(s) or legal guardian
confirming:



the
relationship

between you and your parent(s) or legal guardian(s)



that the parent(s) or legal guardia
n(s) have

agreed

that the funds in their account are
available to you for your studies in the UK


More information about this is provided by the UKBA on their website in Annex A of the Tier 4 Policy
Guidance at:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult
-
students/


What financial evidence do I need for my application?

The UKBA are very specific about the ORIGINAL financial documents they accept as proof that you
meet
the Maintenance Requirement. You need to provide

either of the following
UNLESS

you have an ‘official
sponsor’ for your studies

or an official loan:

1.

personal

bank or building society statements
OR


2.

a

formal letter from the bank

NB
your relatives are

NOT ‘official sponsors’
.
Students who have an official sponsor should read ‘
What if
I am sponsored for my studies’

below
.

1,
Personal bank or building society statements

Personal bank or building society statements covering

a 28 day period ending
*

no more

than 1 month
before the date of your application

(*unless applying before 1 Oct 2009).


These must show:



your
name



your
account number
;



the
date of the statement
;



the financial
institution’s name and logo




that

your bal
ance has always been
at
the required level
for the full 28
-
day

period


NB

Ad hoc bank statements
(printed in your bank branch)
which are printed on the bank’s letterhead

and
include all the details above

are admissible as

evidence
but
this
DOES NOT INCLUD
E
mini
-
statements from cash points

(ATMs)
.


Internet bank statements

If you only have

on
-
line statements
, the
y can be used if they
contain all of the details listed above
.
However, you must ALSO:

a.

provide a letter from your bank on headed paper confirming
tha
t the statements are authentic
or

b.

a
sk your bank to stamp your electronic statements with the
official stamp of the bank. This
stamp should appear on every page of the statement.


2,
A letter from your bank / building society

A letter from your bank / bu
ilding society confirming that you have sufficient funds and that the funds
have been in your account for at least 28 days. This letter must
include
:



your
name
;



your
account number
;



the
date of the letter
;

NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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the financial
institution’s name and logo



conf
irmation that the

balance has not dropped below the required amount
over the full 28
-
day period
.


NB

The UK Border Agency will
NOT
accept letters or bank statements which simply show the balance in
the account on a particular day as these documents do not
show that you’ve had the money for the full
28
-
day period
.

REMEMBER



Documents must be
original

(on official letter
-
headed paper/ with official stamp)



La
t
est

statement must be less than
1 month old

when applying

Maintenance Requirement FAQs

What if I hav
e already paid some of my tuition fees?

If you have already paid some or all of your course fees, this should be explained in the
CAS
. If it is not in
the
CAS
, you should include formal

receipts when you make your application.

What if I have already paid

some of my accommodation fees?

If you have already paid accommodation fees TO THE UNIVERSITY, this can be included in the
CAS
. If it is
not mentioned in the letter, you should include formal

receipts
from the University
when you make your
application.

N
B

The UKBA will not accept formal receipts for payments to any other accommodation provider
.

What if I live with my relatives and do not have to pay rent?

You will still have to show that you can meet the Maintenance Requirement.

What if the money in my a
ccount is not in UK pounds (£)?

If your funds are not in pounds sterling, you should convert the closing balance into pounds and write
this sum on the document you are using as proof of your finances. The Home Office uses the OANDA
website at
www.oanda.com/convert/classic

to convert currencies into pounds sterling, so you should
use this exchange rate too.

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What if I have applied for a loan for my
studies?

If you are using a bank
or government
loan as your evidence, you must provide a document from the
bank confirming the loan (the bank must be regulated by an official regulatory body).
The loan must
be held in your name as lo
ans held in a parents(s
)/legal guardians name cannot be used
.

The loan letter must be dated no more than 6 months before the date of the application and should
show:



Your name
;

and



the date of the letter; and



the financial institution’s name and logo; and



the money (or funds) a
vailable as a loan.


The loan funds must be available to
you
before
you travel

to the United Kingdom

and there must be no
other conditions attached,
other than the student making a successful Tier 4 application.

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s

NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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What if I am sponsored for my studies (or have been sponsored within the last 12
months)?

The UK Border Agency

no longer allows students to be ‘sponsored’ by their relatives.

They now define
an


official financial sponsor’

as:

“Her Majesty’s Government

[UK government], the student’s home government,


the British Council or any international organisation,
international
company or university

or
independent school


If your studies are totall
y funded by an ‘official financial sponsor’,

you
MUST provide a le
tter from
them
confirming their support
.

NB

If your sponsors confirm that they are paying
ALL

your fees and Maintenance, you do not have to
provide separate personal financial evidence.



The Sponsor letter

The letter must be on official letter
-
headed pap
er or stationery of the organisation of the

official financial sponsor and have the official stamp of that organisation on it. It should show:



your name;



the name and contact details of your official

financial sponsor;



the date of the letter;



the length o
f your sponsorship; and



the amount of money you have

OR

a
statement that your official financial sponsor

will
cover all of your fees and living costs

.


NB
If you
are

sponsored by the University
, this can be mentioned in your
CAS
, instead of in a separate

letter.


Are you partially sponsored e.g. only your fees are paid?

If your sponsors only pay SOME of your costs, you will need a letter from them
AND

proof that you
have enough money yourself to meet the rest of the Maintenance Requirement, for example y
our
personal bank statements.

Is your sponsor
a government or international scholarship agency
?

If you are

sponsored by a
government

or by an
international scholarship agency
, (or have been
funded by them in the 12 months before you apply)
,

you need to ge
t their permission to extend your
stay.


The UKBA specify that you must

provide us with your financial sponsor’s unconditional consent in
writing. If the financial sponsor does not give consent, we will refuse your application”
.


NB

If you are funded by
any other type of official sponsor, for example, a university, you do not
require their consent to apply to stay in the UK.

REMEMBER
:



All letters from
official financial

sponsors must
be on official letter
-
headed paper or
stationery of the organisation and

include the official stamp of that organisation.



If your official financial sponsor limits the time you

may study in the United Kingdom,
your visa extension will be limited to the same length of time.

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NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

10

What

documents will I need to send with my application?

Most applicants will need to send some or all of the following
ORIGINAL
documents. Some applicants
may need to provide additional documents depending on their individual circumstances.


A checklist for su
pporting documents is provided by UKVisas at:

http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/vafs/vafsdocschecklist/




1 x passport
-
sized colour photograph which meets the requiremen
ts (see
photograph box at the
beginning of the form for more details
).



A

valid
passport



A
CAS

from City University



Original
academic
certificates or
academic
transcripts listed on your
CAS



A copy of your ATAS certificate
(
Only applicable to a limited numbe
r of Science and Engineering
courses


see ‘
Academic Technology Approval Scheme’

below.)



Personal bank or building society statements, letter from bank or building society, Loan agreement
or other financial documents as specified
in the Policy Guidance



Original official receipts for paym
ents to the University

not mentioned in your
CAS



A letter from your ‘official financial sponsor’ confirming either that they will pay ALL your tuition
fees and living expenses
OR
which states exa
ctly how much financial support they will provide



Original written confirmation that your official sponsor agrees to your visa extension if you are
sponsored by a government or international scholarship agency
.

Always read the
Guidance carefully and c
heck your evidence is exactly right before you make
your application. If it is not, your application will be refused.

REMEMBER



It is your responsibility to

provide

the evidence to support your application AT THE TIME YOU
APPLY. It will not be possible to s
end additional documents later.



Do not send documents which are not specified in the Policy Guidance Notes or on the application
form unless you have spoken to an
International Student Adviser

first.



If a document is not in Engli
sh (or Welsh), you must provide both the original document AND a
fully certified translation by a professional translator. The translation must include details of the
translator
’s credentials

and confirm that it is an accurate translation of the original.
It must be
dated and include the original signature of the translator.



You MUST provide ORIGINAL, GENUINE documents and supply any necessary information to allow
the UKBA to check their validity. If the UK Border Agency cannot confirm that your document
s are
genuine, they are likely to refuse your application.


Important:
The UKBA provides the following notice about using
false documents

on its website:


False documents

-

It is better to explain why you do not have a document than to submit a false
do
cument with an application.
Applicants will be automatically refused and may be banned from

coming to the UK for 10 years if they use a false document, lie or withhold relevant information
.

They
may also be banned if they have breached immigration laws in

the UK.

Travellers to the UK who produce a false travel document or passport to the UK immigration authorities
for themselves and/or their children are committing an offence. People found guilty of this offence face
up to two years in prison or a fine (or

both).”

www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs/inf29pbsstudent#15492358


NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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Providing
Biometric I
nformation

All applicants are now routinely required to provide 10 digit fi
nger scans and a digital photograph when
applying for a UK visa, with a few exceptions (Heads of State for example).
This is designed to protect
your identity and to ensure that nobody else can make a visa application using your details.

V
isa applicants w
ill be required to attend in person to register their biometric data.


Biometrics are
collected at the offices of the British
mission, commercial partner or in certain cases, the host
government.

Registration

will simply mean presenting fingers on a glass
screen, plus having a digital photograph
taken
.
It will take less than five minutes and will not delay the decision on your application.

The UK Government

are aware of the need to protect the dignity, privacy and modesty of applicants;
there will be specia
l arrangements for female applicants where required.

UKVisas have provided a short video about providing your biometric data on YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHam3ybcr
-
k

NB Your visa ap
plication will not begin to be considered until you have attended an
appointment and provided your biometric information.

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

As of 30 November 2007, students who choose

to study certain subjects at MSc or PhD level have to
apply for additional clearance under the ATAS scheme before they can extend their student visa.

If you are studying one of the following subjects at City University, you will need to apply for ATAS
cl
earance and obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate
before you can
extend your student visa

in the UK.


MSc level:
Courses with these JACS codes require ATAS clearance
-


F2



Materials Science;
F3



Physics (including Nuclear Ph
ysics);
H3



Mechanical Engineering;
H4



Aerospace Engineering;
J5



Materials Technology not otherwise specified

The specific MSc courses at City which require ATAS clearance are:

Mechanical Engineering


H300;


Automotive Engineering


H330

Aeronauti
cal Engineering


H410


Air Transport Management


H410

Air Safety Management
-

H411


Aircraft Maintenance Management


H411

Doctoral (PhD) level: Courses with these JACS codes require ATAS clearance
-


Subjects allied to Medicine


B9


Biological Scie
nces


C1

Chemistry
-

F1;




Physics


F3;

Geographical Information Science


F8

Mathematics


G1;

Computer Science


G4;



Artificial Intelligence


G7

Civil Engineering


H2;



Mechanical Engineering


H3;

Aerospace / Aeronautical Engineering


H4
;

Electrical & Electronic Engineering


H6

If you are not sure if you need an ATAS certificate, please contact the International Student Advisers at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

.

NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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How can I apply for ATAS?

The application for an ATAS certificate is made online at
www.fco.gov.uk/atas
.
This website includes
application guidance notes and the online application form
.


It takes on avera
ge between 10


20 days from the date of application for your ATAS certificate to be
issued, so please bear this in mind when you are planning your visa extension application.

If you have any problems applying for an ATAS certificate, please e
-
mail the In
ternational Student
Advisers at:
visaadvice@city.ac.uk


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TB screening

Applicants in certain countries now require a certificate to show that they are free
from infectious
pulmonary tuberculosis (TB)

if they are applying for a
visa
for longer than six months
.


Testing has begun in the following countries:
Bangladesh
,
Ghana

(which also takes applications from
Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo and Niger
),
Kenya

(which also take applications from residents of
Eritrea

and
Somalia
),
Pakistan
,
Sudan
,
Tanzania
, and
Thailand

(which also takes applications from
Cambodia

and
Laos
).

Successful applicants will no longer need to undergo medical inspection

on arrival in the

UK
.


This
time
-
consuming process
can be avoided if those coming to the UK
carry their screening certificate in their
hand luggage

to present to an immigration officer on arrival in the UK.

More information about TB testing is provided by UKVisas at:
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/tbscreening/


Student Visa extension FAQs

Where can I check exactly what I need to submit with my application?

For full details of exact document requ
irements, please check the UKBA website at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/pbs/Tier4migrantguidance.pdf


How soon

can I apply for my visa?

You cannot apply more than 3 MONTHS before the start date of your course

(as stated in the CAS).
The
visa will
not be
valid for travel
mor
e than 1 MONTH before the start date of your course.

How long will my new visa be?

If you
are studying a course at degree level, you will be given the length of the course, plus some extra
time, from seven days to four months. This is to enable you, for example, to receive your results, pack
up to go home or apply to stay for a further course o
r for work, or make any other immigration
application for which you meet the requirements.

The additional period you should receive is:



4 months, if your course is 12 months or longer



2 months, if your course is between 6 months and 12 months long



1 mont
h
, if your course is under 6 months long and it is
a pre
-
sessional course




7 days, if your course is under six months long and is not a pre
-
sessional course.

NB

If your studies are funded by an official financial sponsor and their sponsorship finishes bef
ore the
period specified above, you will be given permission to stay for that shorter period.

NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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What documents will I need to show at the airport?

The UKBA advise you to carry the documents you provided with your original application (or copies of
them) in y
our hand luggage, including your original
CAS
.
F
or more information
, see:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult
-
students/arrival
-
in
-
the
-
uk
/
) Some
applicants may also need their TB screening certificates.

Can I
work part
-
time?

Even if you are not doing a work placement, you can work for up to 20 hours a week in term
-
time and
full
-
time in your holidays. For more information about working duri
ng your studies, see
www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/working_during.php
.

Can I do a course which includes a work placement?

Your period of study can include a full
-
time work placement as long as

the time you spend working is
not more than 50 % of your whole study period.

Can I do extra courses, for example in the evening?

Yes, you can do extra courses, for example, evening classes, as long as you continue to do the course for
which you were giv
en
your Tier 4 visa
.

Can I stay if I fail an exam or need to retake a module?

The new visa system allows students to re
-
sit examinations or repeat modules

but there are strict rules
about when these exams
take place and how many times exams can be retaken:



Your department will not usually be able to support your application by issuing a
CAS

if you are
not required to attend classes at the University. The only exception to this is if your exam occurs
within the first
60 days

of the start of the academic peri
od.



I
f you have already re
-
sat a particular examination or repeated a specific module
more than once
,
City is
not allowed

to issue you with a
CAS

so
you will not be able to extend your immigration
permission as a student to re
-
sit this exam or to retake t
his module. You should
contact
the
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

as soon as possible if you are in this situation
.


Can I take a break from studies?

If you want or need to take a break from your studies for any reason,

you must tell your department
. In
most cases, you will be expected to leave the UK, and re
-
enter when you are ready to start your studies
again.

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Where can I get further information?

If you have any questions

that are not answered by this guidance note or you are not clear about any of
the information
,

you can get assistance from the following places:

International Student Advisers:

Lizzie Huckle, Alexia Ball and Alan Gelfer

International Student Advisers,
The Student Centre

Telephone: 020 7040 3262
/8226/8831

NB:
This Guidance may be subject to change whilst Tier 4 is being implemented. Please check with an
International Student Adviser at
visaadvice@city.ac.uk

before submitting an application.

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Email:
visaadvice@city.ac.uk


UKCISA: The Council for International Student Affairs:

www.ukcisa.org.uk/


Student advice line telephone: 020 7107 9922 (Monday to Friday, 1
-

4pm).

UK Border Agency website

(full details of the scheme, application form, documents required):

http://www.ukba.home
office.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/


Quick guides for applicants are provided by the UKBA at:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
studyingintheuk/quickguideforstudent/adultstudents/applyingfora
nadultstudentvisa/



The information in this Guidance Note is given in good faith and has been carefully checked. City
University however accepts no legal responsibility for its accuracy.